GENEVIÈVE CASTRÉE

DRAWINGS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


GENEVIÈVE CASTRÉE
Drawings
March 20 - April 26, 2008

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents the first New York solo exhibition of the drawings by Geneviève Castrée from March 20 through April 26, 2008. The exhibition focuses on 50 works from her book-record “Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour,” 2007. These drawings are inspired by war and conflicts of all kinds and examine the dark side of modern life in a way that is undogmatic and even verging on hopeful.

“Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur?” (All Alone in the Forest in Broad Daylight, Are You Scared?) contains drawings in black, white and shades of gray in which the forest forms a backdrop for a parade of victims of war. Castrée’s drawings have a unique elegance and distinctive authority that convey emotion and are able to navigate topics such as abuse, fear and panic. One series of drawings involves a man who stepped onto a landmine, and another series deals with wounded warriors wandering aimlessly in the forest. Also, Castrée will be exhibiting a series of ink and watercolor “mask” drawings from 2007 in which masks represent identities, social roles and expectations that are somehow arbitrary or interchangable.

Castrée was born in Quebec City, Montreal in 1981, and has been drawing and making comics since the age of fifteen. Self taught, Castrée participated in many fanzines during her teen years and eventually started to
have her work published by l'Oie de Cravan, a poetry journal in Montréal. So far, four books have been published "Lait Frappé", "Roulathèque Roulathèque Nicolore", "Pamplemoussi" (which comes with a twelve-inch vinyl), and "Die Fabrik" (which was published in Germany by Reprodukt). Castrée's work has been featured in "Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Three". As in "Pamplemoussi," “Tout Seul dans la Forêt..” features a vinyl record in the book of Castrée's songs - she sings and performs under the name Woelv, and has toured throughout the world. Castrée has contributed to magazines and exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Japan, France, England, Slovenia and Scandinavia. Castrée was included in the exhibition “Telling Tales: Contemporary Women Cartoonists,” curated by Dan Nadel in 2006 at the gallery. She lives and works in Washington State.

The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 5:30 P.M. For additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338, or at abaumgold@aol.com.

 

"Support I," 2008
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 11"

"Support II," 2008
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 11"

"la cordillère des hommes,"2008
Ink, watercolor on paper
4 5/8" x 8 15/16"

Untitled, 2008
Ink, watercolor on paper
5 5/8" x 5 3/4"

 

"Mask of Rebellion", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 10"

"Mask of Success", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 10"

"Mask of Soldiers," 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 10"

"Mask of the Mother," 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 10"

"Mask of Seduction", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 10"

"Mask of Paris and her Dog," 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 10"

"Mask of Evil", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7" x 10"

 

Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur

 

"Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur- Cover" 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 13"

"Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur," 2007, detail
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 13"

"Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur," 2006- Book cover
Ink, watercolor on paper
6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

 

Drawings from Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour, Avez-Vous Peur

"White Flag I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11 3/4"

"White Flag II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11 3/4"

"White Flag III," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11 3/4"

"White Flag IV," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11 3/4"

"Girl in the Bathroom I," 2005
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Girl in the Bathroom II," 2005
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Girl in the Bathroom III," 2005
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Girl in the Bathroom IV," 2005
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Réconciliation I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 7/8"

"Réconciliation II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

"Cockfight I ," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Cockfight II ," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 7/8"

"Young Duck I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 7/8"

"Young Duck II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Young Duck III," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Young Duck IV," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Abuse I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 15/16"

"Abuse II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 15/16"

"Abuse III," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 15/16"

"Abuse IV," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 15/16"

"Arrogance I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 7/8" x 10 3/4"

"Arrogance II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 7/8" x 10 3/4"

"Death and the Dog I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Death and the Dog II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Death and the Dog III," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Death and the Dog IV," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Under My Coat I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

"Under My Coat II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

 

"Under My Coat III," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

 

"Under My Coat IV," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

"Young Blood I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Young Blood II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Young Blood III," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"Young Blood IV," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 10 3/4"

"The Man Who Stepped onto a Landmine I," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

"The Man Who Stepped onto a Landmine II," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

"The Man Who Stepped onto a Landmine III," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

"The Man Who Stepped onto a Landmine IV," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

"Are You Scared? I" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? II" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? III" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? IV" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? V" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? VI" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? VII" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? VIII" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

"Are You Scared? IX" 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 11"

 

"Smokers II ," 2005
Ink, watercolor on paper
10 3/4" x 10 3/4"

 

"Elephant," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper

"Elephant," 2006
Ink, watercolor on paper

 

 

"Weener," 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
13" x 13"

"Mask to Spy from People's Windows at Night", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

"Mask so it Won't Rain", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

"Mask of a Shy Person Who Doesn't Want to be Seen", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
2 7/8" x 2 7/8"

"Mask of Creation", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7 " x 5"

"Mask of Truth I", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7 " x 5"

"Mask of Truth II", 2007
Ink, watercolor on paper
7 " x 5"

 

Geneviève Castrée was born in Québec City in 1981 and has been drawing comics since the age of fifteen. She self-published and participated in many fanzines during her teen years and eventually started to have her work published by l'Oie de Cravan, a poetry publisher from Montréal. So far, four books have been made, "Lait Frappé", "Roulathèque Roulathèque Nicolore", "Pamplemoussi" (which comes with a twelve-inch vinyl), and "Die Fabrik" (which was published in Germany by Reprodukt). The latest appearance of Castrée's work was in "Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Three". Castrée has contributed to magazines and exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Japan, France, England, Slovenia and all over Scandinavia and has recently finished"Tout Seul dans la Forêt en Plein Jour", a book-record inspired by war and conflicts of all kinds. Her drawings deal with the dark side of modern life, while being themslves light, undogmatic, and even verging on hopeful.


Geneviève Castrée currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. And has had solo exhibitions in Japan, Canada, Slovenia, and the United States. She participated in Telling Tales: Contemporary Woman Cartoonists atAdam Baumgold Gallery in September 2006
. This is her first solo exhibition in New York.